Thousands of Canadians have experienced a job loss during COVID-19. Thousands more have had hours reduced, are working from home, and have had their job change. Sales is one industry in particular that has been affected by the pandemic. With many companies and industries either shut down or in a holding pattern, there have been many companies that have had to reduce the size of their sales force.
Whether you have been furloughed, laid off, or lost your job, it can be a shock to your system. You may be feeling down and having a tough time dealing with the sudden job loss. It’s natural to feel this way. But you need to take action.
Here are some ways to bounce back quickly after a COVID job loss:
Losing your job can be tough to deal with, but COVID-19 is a unique situation. For most people, it doesn’t have to do with your personal performance or be directly related to you. Lots of Canadians are out of work. It’s a matter of the situation. Realize that it’s not about you, but the circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
COVID-19 has changed the way companies operate. It has changed how companies approach sales and account management. Industry changes also mean changes for sales professionals. Employers may be looking for new skills, and there may be new roles and opportunities. Understand how things have changed and will continue to change to position yourself as the top sales job candidate.
Your ideal sales job may no longer be available. The type of role you may have pursued pre-COVID-19 may not be available. There may also be limited roles available in sales. Broadening your job search and being open to different roles in a variety of industries can help you access more opportunities.
Start reaching out to your network right away. Secure job references, update your LinkedIn and start putting out feelers. Make it known you are looking.
Skill gaps can develop over time. They can also exist as industries change and if you are looking to take a step up in your career. Which skill gaps exist for you? You may notice a gap or two when you update your resume. Look at the jobs you want and compare them to your current skills and experience. Identify any gaps that exist and create a plan to learn new skills. This will help make you a more well-rounded sales candidate.
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Rhys is a VP, Client Services of IQ PARTNERS‘ Sales practice and leads the SalesForce Search recruitment team. He specializes in prospecting new business relationships, client retention and renewals, and building top performing Sales teams in even the most challenging environments.